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Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie!

This post includes a recipe for a carrot cake protein smoothie!

Hey Everyone!

I’m off to the gym so I am keeping this brief–but this smoothie was so good that I have to share with you! This was a spontaneous creation (& Holy freaking cow–it’s better than the real thing).

I like to wing it in the kitchen (no measuring!) and this smoothie was done that way…

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Recipe: Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie

Ingredients: 

All raw & organic:

-Almond meal

-Coconut manna

-Soaked cashews

-Soaked chia seeds

-Cinnamon

-Vanilla protein (I used Garden of Life’s Grain Free Vanilla)

-Stevia

-A handful of baby carrots

-Several cubes of ice.

Blend and boom! A healthy, rich, satisfying treat.

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Hail Merry Organic, Raw, Gluten Free Cookie Dough Macaroons Review

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Hail Merry Snacks

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Hail Merry:

WHY: Hail Merry exists to help people achieve higher health. HOW: By creating truly great tasting snacks using our award winning recipes. Our pure ingredients are consciously sourced and prepared in innovative ways, while also meeting the needs of those with special dietary restrictions. WHAT: Hail Merry is a category redefining snack-food company born out of the yoga culture that is owned and led by women who seek to nurture each other, our employees, our partners, our families and our customers.”

About the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons:

“Dreams do come true! Winner Best of Show at Natural Foods Expo West 2014! Finally a gluten-free & vegan cookie dough that delivers on taste and happiness. We worked hard to make these treats the most luxurious, best tasting macaroons you will ever try, crafted with organic Fair Trade chocolate chips, almond flour and organic maple syrup from a family farm in Vermont.  Dehydrated at low temps and made with pure ingredients, enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth macaroons at room temp or in your favorite ice cream for a heavenly delight. 8 cookies per bag, 3.5 oz. bag, 8 bags per case. Buy today and share with friends and family! We celebrate our pure ingredients: organic maple syrup, almond flour, organic shredded coconut, organic chocolate chips (organic cane sugar, organic cocoa liquor, organic cocoa butter), organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic Madagascar vanilla, sea salt. Allergy warning: Contains almonds.”

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My Thoughts:

I try to maintain a balance of putting a large amount of nutrient-rich, alkaline foods into my body along with indulging occasionally on my favorite foods. Brands that make that “splurging” and sweet-tooth-satisfying healthy, mindful and power packed don’t go unseen by me. I so much appreciate what Hail Merry is doing here. To sum it up, right off the bat, I can’t think of a sweet, healthy treat I’d rather reach for than these Hail Merry Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Macaroons. Words don’t do them justice. They are an EXPERIENCE. Despite the fact that they are a “treat”, they are pretty macro balanced. These macaroons have 10g of fat, 9g of carbs (6g of sugar) and 2 g of protein per 2 macaroons (1 serving). They are dense little bundles of pure goodness. They’re also rife with organic & raw ingredients. Organic & Raw are king in my world! Low in sugar is also something that I search for and am pretty mindful of. I don’t consciously count calories or sugar grams, but I know how my body feels with I overload it with sugar–so I stay tuned into that. I see these macaroons as the best option I’ve seen out there for a satisfying, alive (not packed with highly-processed, heated crud), healthy treats. I can grab a bag of these and feel really good about the ingredients. If I were making these at home to snack on, I would cut the sugar content in half and add some protein powder (Hey Hail Merry, next product?!) 🙂 For the dessert use, though, they are healthful, tasty perfection.

Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Review

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Annmarie Gianni Skin Care

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Ann Marie Gianni Skin Care:

“Annmarie Gianni is an internationally known author, health advocate, personality and founder of Annmarie Gianni Skin Care.

Just a few years ago, Annmarie started to take a hard look at the products she was putting on her skin. In just a few short days of research, what she found shocked her.

Skin care products were severely under-regulated and most contained ingredients that weren’t safe at almost any amount. Even products that claimed they were organic or natural had hidden preservatives and other nasty additives.

She was frustrated and motivated to find a better option, because she realized so many people were using these supposedly “natural” products.

What she found was not encouraging. Many of the truly natural products weren’t up to her standards of quality or effectiveness.

It wasn’t long until she realized that if she wanted to have a truly clean and natural skin care line, she would have to do it herself.

So she did and Annmarie Gianni Skin Care was founded to provide a clean, natural skin care experience using natural, organic and wildcrafted ingredients.

Annmarie now spends her time educating audiences around the United States about how to preserve your beauty and longevity from the inside out as well as what to look for when you’re searching for a skin care line that will keep your skin glowing and vibrant. She can be seen as a regular co-host on the popular online health show “The Renegade Health Show” at www.RenegadeHealth.com.

Annmarie has also trained as a massage therapist, athletic trainer and has run a successful personal training business in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Currently Annmarie and her husband and author Kevin are living in an RV and traveling the United States spreading the word of good health and good skin care. When she’s not being a business woman, training others, or hosting her weekly internet show, Annmarie enjoys traveling, being outside and preparing healthy meals. She loves to hike and run in the woods, and spend time with her cat Jonny 5.”

As you can see in the photo, Annmarie provided me with a wide range of samples to try–incredibly generous! This is one of those reviews that is very easy for me to write because to put it simply: “I approve.” These products are obviously thought out, have pure & organic ingredients and are created by a passionate individual.

I want to take a slightly different approach to writing this review….and give more of an overall picture and summary of the products, rather than depicting each one. That way, the “This product is great!” comments of mine don’t get redundant! 🙂

Here is a list of the products that I sampled:

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Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser

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Aloe-Herb Cleanser

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Ayurvedic Facial Scrub

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Repair Serum

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Purifying Mud Mask

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Herbal Facial Oil

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Coconut Honey Mask

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Neroli Toning Mist

I truly felt like every single one of these products was a treat to use. Even better was reading the ingredient lists and knowing that I’m putting good things onto my skin! For example, here is the ingredient list for the Citrus Mint Facial Cleanser:

“Ingredients:

Love, Herb-Infused Organic Aloe Vera Gel (Organic Aloe vera, Organic Lavender flowers, Organic Lemon balm leaves, Organic Neem leaves, Organic Rosemary leaves, Organic Echinacea flowers, Organic Life Everlasting flowers, Organic Calendula flowers, Organic Comfrey leaves, Organic Plantain leaves, Organic Malva flowers); Saponified olive oil; Witch Hazel Distillate; Vegetable glycerin; Aspen bark extract; Xanthan gum; Organic Lemon oil; Organic Rosemary oil; Organic Lemon myrtle oil; Organic Peppermint oil. pH 5.5.”

I don’t have anything critical to say about it. I’m thoroughly impressed with Annmarie and these products. It’s truly one great product after the next.

Something that I have been extra cognizant of lately is the pH of the skin care I’m using. This is important because products that impact your skin’s pH too much can cause problems like eczema, acne and/or dry skin. I love that Annmarie mentions the pH and it is very close to the pH that our skin is normally at (approximately 5.5 on the pH scale).

I would recommend this line of products to anyone! I believe that acne sufferers will benefit from these products the most. Cleansing once a day and following up with the facial oils or serums each evening has worked well for me. I do one of the masks once a week for an extra skin detox. The neroli mist was great for a post-workout skin spritz (when I didn’t want to cleanse my face, but wanted a little pick-me-up). The lavender flowers that were enclosed were an extra treat (lavender has a calming and soothing affect on the skin & body). I brewed it with peppermint leaves and drank it as a tea. It was fresh, flowery and delicious.

Organic Protein Muffin Recipe

This post contains a recipe for organic, no sugar added, gluten free, dairy free protein muffins.

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In an effort to create a healthy treat that can be eaten quickly and on the go, I played with some ingredients and came up with these organic, gluten free, dairy free, no sugar added, protein muffins that I’m very excited about! I will also suggest how to make a vegan version (without eggs). Having these sitting in the kitchen will help encourage you to reach for a healthy treat versus snacking on junk.

Keep in mind, I did use measuring cups to record which measurements worked, but I also advocate taking a recipe and putting your own spin on it.

Here is what you need:

-A pinch of himalayan sea salt

-1/2 teaspoon organic Vanilla Extract

-3/4 cup of organic Coconut Flour

-1/2 cup Coconut oil or Coconut Butter (might have to pop it in the microwave to melt it enough to mix in)

-1/4 cup of organic Stevia

-1 scoop of Vanilla Raw Protein by Garden of Life

-1 scoop of Marley Coffee Raw Protein by Garden of Life

-2 eggs

-1-2 tablespoons of water (if needed: to make desired consistency)

Optional (to make a festive batch!)

-Add 4 small sweet potatoes to the mixture after they’ve been boiled (for about 5 minutes), chopped and blended. You could also use organic pumpkin! Make sure that if you buy canned pumpkin, it’s in a BPA free can (available at Whole Foods).

-You could also substitute chia seeds for the eggs if you are vegan!

Mixing:

-Combine wet ingredients separately from the dry ingredients, then combine them both together.

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Baking Instructions:

-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes

-Muffins are tasty warm, or cold!

-Best if stored in the refrigerator after they cool

These muffins are entirely organic, gluten free, dairy free, protein dense and delicious! Using the stevia in place of sugar keeps the sugar content at bay.They make for a perfect snack in between meals. ENJOY!